October 25, 2019

Mukhwas is a traditional South Asian digestive aid and mouth fresher. Mukh meaning mouth, Vas meaning smell is a herbal, natural aid in digesting foods like curries in the South Asian cuisine. 

I remember growing up whenever I was sick or had an upset stomach my gr...

August 21, 2019

This blog post is in partnership with Ziyad Brand featuring their newest product Liyye Seasoning.

Tahiri is an aromatic spiced, one pot rice pilaf. Traditionally made vegetarian and known for its beautiful golden hue. A simple humble dish but packed with flavor and one...

August 9, 2019

Halwa meaning sweet and Puri, a type of fried bread in the South Asian subcontinent. A typical Sunday brunch menu for many desis consists of a semolina sweet porridge (halwa), fried golden puffed Puris and a chickpea stew (channay) and curried potatoes (aloo). Accompan...

June 14, 2019

A meat and potato stew which was a staple growing up. Aloo meaning Potato and Gosht meaning meat. Us South Asians are very literal with our names for dishes, if you haven’t already guessed. LOL

I remember running off the bus after school to finally come home to the...

May 25, 2019

Certain flavors and spices just bring you comfort and a sense of home, especially during the holidays. Saffron and cardamom are just those spices for me. 

Growing up these spices were what my mom used often not just in her savory dishes like Biryani, but significantly i...

May 23, 2019

A chai and Ramadan staple pronounced (PAY-TES). If you’re South Asian you know you can hear all your moms auntie friends pronouncing it like that. LOL 

A flakey, buttery pastry stuffed with ground meat, chicken or potatoes. A side dish popular with your array of chai sn...

May 1, 2019

Tamarind is a tropical fruit with many health benefits. Antioxidant, anti-aging inflammatory are just a few of the reasons many use tamarind. 

Tamarind has a hard exterior but when opened it’s a seeded, sweet and sour pulp that is used in cooking or to eat. It’s an Afri...

April 30, 2019

Chutney is a sauce or condiment in every South Asian household. It's a staple side dipping sauce for many of our main dishes or appetizers. My Avocado Cilantro Chutney is a spin off the traditional "Hari Chutney." Hari meaning Green and Chutney meaning Sauce. This clas...

April 25, 2019

The stress that comes with making Samosas and Egg Rolls is the wrapping. With Ramadan around the corner I wanted to give a dedicated post on how to wrap the most popular snack item of the season. 

So here’s two ways to wrap the traditional South Asian staple t...

March 8, 2019

This vegetarian, rice dish is full of aromatic spices and packed with flavor. It’s a comforting dish laced with caramelized onions to give a beautiful rounded sweetness to compliment the warm spices. Definitely a dish that reminds me of childhood and my moms Punjabi be...

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